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Ancient Suez (Suweis) [Klysma]

Updated January 8th 2020

Keywords: Al Qulzum; As Suways; Clysma; El-Qulzum;
El Seweis; El Suweis; Es Suweis; Klysma; Sues; Suez

Although the site of the city was occupied in antiquity, Suez was little more than a small village throughout most of its history starting in the third century BC. It is situated in northeast Egypt at the northern end of the Gulf of Suez and at the southern terminus of the Suez Canal ...

An ancient trading site, Suez was the location of the Greek town of Clysma, which became the Muslim Qulzum in the 7th century ce. After the Ottoman conquest Suez developed as a naval station, and during Ottoman rule Suez was a major port for trade with Arabia, Yemen, and India. The port later declined until the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.

A handbook for travellers in Egypt ... by John Murray (Publisher) 1873

tified with Marah (Exodus xv 23); and the Arab tradition that Moses brought up the water here by striking the ground with his stick may be taken for what it is worth in corroboration of this view.

Egypt : handbook for travellers --- Karl Baedeker (Publisher) 1885

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